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Alumni Council Elections


2017 Election Results*

  Alumni Council Candidates Votes
  Thomas A. Ulmer, ’96 Lib 3901
  Tracey D. Baker ’93 H&HD 3637
  Kristen McMullen ’89 H&HD 3508
  Melissa Schipke ’09 Bus, ’09 Com 3394
  Trisha Fehlinger Mikita ’00 EMS 3086
  Heather M. Wolfe ’14 H&HD 3070
  Shawn Manderson ’03 IST 2706
  Michael F. Catino, P.E. ’70 Eng 2369
  James M. (“Jay”) Weitzel Jr. ’74 Lib 2357
  John Hook ’82 DUS 2313
  Gregory F. Scott ’92 Harrisburg 2259
  Thomas E. Kapelewski ’82 Eng 2033
  Fran Parisi ’96g Edu 1977
  Ira N. Gross ’86 Bus 1927
  Jonathan C. Savage ’82 EMS 1920
  Andrew J. Santacroce ’88 Sci 1916
  Guillermo J. Silva-Wiscovich ’90 Sci 1913
  Todd C. Simmens, Esq. ’94 Law 1868
  Michael S. White ’07 Bus 1864
  Matthew D. Broad ’99 Bus 1850
  A. Michele Blood ’96 Bus 1744
  Lawrence J. Wess ’74g, ’00g EDU 1723
  Joshua R. Hoch ’09, ’14g IST 1624
  Bradford M. Simpson ’03 Lib, ’06g Harrisburg 1581
  Todd Dietrich ’04 IST 1553
  Samuel Settle ’12 Lib 1527
  Joseph A. Sbaffoni ’73 EMS 1459
  James W. Lawrence ’03 Bus 976

*Results posted June 1, 2017; 7,865 voted out of 139,273 eligible voters (5.64%). The election was administered and results were certified by Votenet Solutions, Inc.

The Penn State Alumni Association held its annual election May 8–31 to elect 10 individuals to serve on Alumni Council, the Alumni Association’s governing body. They will serve a three-year term commencing July 1, 2017.


Who was eligible to vote in the 2017 Alumni Council election?

All Alumni Association members entitled to vote in Alumni Association elections (as defined by the Amended and Restated Alumni Association Mission and Bylaws) shall generally vote by email. To vote online, we must have your email address. If you do not receive our monthly e-newsletter AlumnInsider or emails about our events and programs, we probably do not have your email address on file. You can add or delete your email address—or other information such as your street mailing address—online.

Paper ballots were provided to members on request.

Who can be a candidate in the Alumni Council elections?

Nominations for the 2017 election have closed. Selection criteria for 2017 can be found here. Please refer to the bylaws for the specific requirements to be a candidate in future Alumni Council elections.

What is the process for candidacy?

Alumni Association members who are interested in being elected to Alumni Council in the 2018 election can download a PDF of the Alumni Council Nomination Form. (Please note that an individual interested in being a candidate for Alumni Council may either be self-nominated or be nominated by a third party.)

Each nomination form should be complete and forwarded via email to the Volunteer Services team of the Alumni Association on or before Jan. 15, 2018. Nomination forms that are not completed in full by a nominee prior to the deadline will not be eligible to be considered by the Nominating Committee for inclusion on the election ballot.

The Nominating Committee will report a slate of candidates to the Alumni Council as soon as reasonably possible after its work is completed. All candidates will be notified, whether or not such individuals have been selected by the Nominating Committee to stand for election. For those individuals selected to stand for election, the Alumni Association staff will work with each candidate to procure biographical information, photos, and position statements for use on the election ballot.

Is the Alumni Council election the same as the Penn State Board of Trustees election?

No. These two elections are both held in the spring of each year and Alumni Association members are generally eligible to vote in each. But otherwise, they are completely separate elections for very different governing bodies. Information about the Penn State Board of Trustees members and its election process is available at the BOT website.

Does the Alumni Association endorse any alumni candidates for the Alumni Council or Board of Trustee election?

No. Alumni Association policy is to refrain from publicly endorsing, supporting, or campaigning to elect individual candidates to the University’s Board of Trustees or to Alumni Council. The Alumni Association takes the position that all candidates whose name appears on the election ballot for the University’s Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council are worthy of consideration; thus, the Alumni Association would not recommend one or more specific candidate(s) to its large and diverse body of alumni.

Moreover, alumni groups affiliated with the Alumni Association also refrain from endorsing specific candidates. The Alumni Association does, however, promote the full slate of candidates for each election in order to encourage greater University alumni participation in both elections and encourages its affiliate groups to do the same.


Contact our Volunteer Services team at or 800-548-LION (5466), option 3.

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